Hello! I am Sara Shashaani.

  • Assistant Professor, Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, North Carolina State University
  • Associate Faculty, Graduate Program in Operations Research, North Carolina State University
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Additive Manufacturing and Logistics (CAMAL), North Carolina State University
  • address: 915 Partners Way, Room 4175 Raleigh, NC 27695-7906
  • email: sshasha2[at]ncsu[dot]edu

I am a professor and researcher of Monte Carlo simulation with focus on data science. I aspire impactful scientific contributions to long-lasting environmental/societal challenges and I value science communication. In my free time, I dance Argentine Tango, and enjoy swimming the lakes and hiking the beautiful North Carolina trails.


  • National Science Foundation (NSF) CMMI-2226347, Collaborative Research: Calibrating Digital Twins in the Era of Big Data with Stochastic Optimization, 2023 – 2026.
  • AAUW Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Science, American Educational Research Association, 2022-2023
  • Research Innovation Seed Funding Award, North Carolina State University, 2022
  • Faculty Research and Professional Development Award, North Carolina State University, 2021

Recent Honors and Awards:

  • Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Journal of Simulation, 2022
  • Distinguished Service as the Proceedings Editor, Winter Simulation Conference, 2022
  • Finalist, Best Student Paper Competition, INFORMS Service Science, 2020
    • with L. Mao, K. Vahdat, and J. Swann
  • Finalist, Best Student Poster Competition, INFORMS Annual Meeting, 2020
    • with K. Vahdat
  • Outstanding Reviewer, INFORMS Simulation Society and Winter Simulation Conference, 2019
  • Stage One Winner (top 25 in 300 teams), CMS Artificial Intelligence Health Outcomes Challenge, 2019
  • Best Student Paper Award, PhD Colloquium, Winter Simulation Conference, 2016

Recent Service: 

  • Journal Referee:
    • SIAM Journal on Optimization, Journal of Simulation, ACM TOMACS, Entropy, Risk Analysis
  • Analysis Methodology Track co-Chair, Winter Simulation Conference, 2023
  • INFORMS Simulation (I-Sim) Society Treasurer, 2022-2024
  • Proceedings c0-Editor, Winter Simulation Conference, 2022
  • “Derivative-free Optimization” Cluster Chair, International Conference on Continuous Optimization (ICCOPT), 2022
  • Invited Session Organizer for Model Uncertainty and Robust Simulation Track of Winter Simulation Conference, 2021-2022
  • Session Organizer,  Canadian Operation Research Society Conference, 2021
  • Chair and Member, INFORMS Simulation Society Committee for Underrepresented Minorities and Women, 2019-21